For a newbie candidate, Labour’s Onslow Western ward hopeful, Malcolm Aitken, has wasted no time in demonstrating just why the Labour party selected him. He has shown true skill by being able to scale the giddy, sopping wet heights generally only reached by the likes of Sue Moroney and Tim Barnett with his braille business cards.
In week one of his campaign Aitken has decided to reach out to the Pasifika voters of the Onslow-Western ward with a message to mark Samoan Language Week…
Nothing quite says Tagata Pasifika like the residents of Karori, Crofton Downs, Ngaio and Khandallah. It will no doubt come as a shock that his Facebook post received a rock solid zero comments and likes… You’d almost think it didn’t connect with his audience??
I’m sure he’s a nice enough guy, and his new campaign photo is an improvement, but seriously? It’s Onslow-Western!! You’re a well paid middle class white guy standing in a ward that covers middle class neighbourhoods almost universally. If he keeps up this sort of ham-fisted campaigning then he will probably blow what could have been a good and unique opportunity for Labour in the ward.
All I can put this down to is that I guess in the same way that Ian McKinnon is apparently chasing a knighthood, Aitken has decided to start his push for a Matai title early.